I got a job working at an office supply store. The store wasn't gonna be opening for another 2 weeks. So the GM had every employee come in one day and told all of us that we'll be training at 1 of the 2 stores in town. I find out that I'm going to a store that NOBODY else is going too. Out of 25+ employees working at the new store, I'm the only one going to a store by myself. Everyone else gets to train together at the other store. Thanks, GM! ...Not.
So, the next day I'm supposed to start my training and I drive to the store I've been assigned to train at. When I get there, I tap on the sliding doors to get someone's attention. They look at me confused like, "Who the hell is that?"
A manager gets called over and the employee points at me. They talk for a minute and the manager comes walking over to the sliding doors. She opens it a little and says "Sorry, we're not opened yet."
"I know. I'm supposed to start training here." I reply back.
"Oh? Nobody mentioned anything to me." She replied.
"My GM from the new store opening assigned me to this store to be trained. She said she will call the stores to let them know they will have trainees." I said.
"Oh. Well, let me go look on the desk for any papers I might've missed and if I still don't see anything, I'll call the GM of your store." She replied.
Now, it's 7am and it snowed overnight and is currently snowing as I'm talking to her. I asked if I could come in and she told me I couldn't until I've been verified. She comes back about 15 minutes later telling me I can come in and that I've been verified as a trainee. I reply with a thanks. All the employees are looking at me in wonderment. Not sure why, but ok. I ask around to see if anyone can help me get trained. An older guy walks up to me and says "I'm supposed to train you, I guess. Let's go to the back."
So we walk to the back and he's already talking and telling me what I need to do. This guy is talking REALLY fast. After an hour of "being trained," he tells me "that's it for today. I'll see you later." And he promptly leaves work!
I didn't understand anything he said! Wouldn't even let me get a word in. I'm not allowed to leave like that as I'm being forced to get 8 hours of work by my GM.
So I go up front and talk to the cashier asking if there was anything I could do. "You could hand out flyers to people when they walk in." Easy enough. So that's what I did for 7 hours.
The next day, same thing at the door. A different manager that day didn't know about me either. None of the employees that saw me the day before cared to say anything as well. Sigh.
This time my GM phoned this manager stating that I'm no longer working the position I was assigned. Now I've been assigned to be a cashier. Ok. So I go up to the clueless cashier and start asking questions. She creates a loud sigh and tells me to stand by the door to hand out flyers. Really? I did that for 7 hours the day before and need to learn how the cash register works.
Nope, I've met a bitch. She yelled and screamed and cursed me out. Took everything I had to not yell back.
So again, standing by the door like an idiot as no customers were coming in. I see a guy come walking in and hand him a flyer with a smile. He tells me "I work here, idiot."
My bad. I watch as he goes behind the counter to the 'photo' area. I let him get settled before I talk to him. So I see he sits down in a chair and proceeds to do nothing. Literally, nothing. I go up to the counter and ask him if he can teach me the cash register. He just stares blankly at me. It's this moment where I realize that he's stoned. The signs were there. I ask again. He tells me to come back later. What? Why? He said he was "very busy". Whatever. So another useless day ends.
If it wasn't messed up before, it's about to get really messed up. I guarantee it.
I come in for the third day of "training". This time I get in right away because the first manager recognized me. Yay. As soon as I was about to walk to the cashier, I get pulled aside by BOTH of the managers and they tell me to come to their office. Confused, I said ok. I get sat down and ask what's going on?
"We just heard some accusations against you." Said Manager #1.
"What?" I replied.
"The guy at the photo area said you touched his butt and kept caressing it. Is this true?" -Manager #2.
"You can't be serious! I asked him if he could teach me how to use the cash register since (let's call her..) Becky didn't teach me anything."
"We won't allow sexual harassment in our store. We've already called your GM about this." -M1
"But I didn't do anything! There's cameras in this place. Look back at the footage and you'll see nothing happened." -Me
"We take our employees words over a new persons word any day of the week." -M1
"Do you understand the consequences for this? We understand you're a trainee but this behavior is unacceptable." -M2
"I didn't do anything! He was probably imagining it happened since he was stoned off his ass...." -Me
"You can leave our office now. We won't tolerate your behavior any further." -M1
Until this day, I don't think I'd ever heard of a male filing sexual harassment against a female. Yes, I'm a woman. (This happened years ago and back then, ya really didn't hear about female on male harassment. Nowadays, because of social media, it's become more common and you actually HEAR about it.)
After an unbearable two weeks of "training", I finally go back to my now opening store. Again, every employee and manager is there. I start to talk to the managers telling them that I didn't get much training. After they asked questions, I told them what all had happened. Right then and there, my GM pulls me into the office and says this classic line...
"I heard what happened and I'm severely disappointed. I don't want you to talk to the other employees or managers UNLESS it's about work. Do not talk to them otherwise."
"How am I touching some dude's ass if he was sitting on it?! Where is everyone getting this story from??" I asked.
"Doesn't matter. It's filed against you. If one more thing happens against you, I'll be firing you. As for your training, I heard you were lazy and didn't even try to learn anything." -GM
"Now that's not fair. You sent me to a crappy store to get trained by morons. They were the ones not teaching me. I wanted to learn!" -Me
"I don't like your attitude. You can leave my office now." -GM
I walked out. Should've walked out of that job, but alas, I needed the money. This GM was ruthless towards me for the 8 months I was there. She cut my hours many times, threatened to fire me a lot, made a VERY pregnant girl stand on her feet all day at the register even when her feet and legs were swollen, gave me the crappiest cash register (the one that only accepted cash) on Black Friday while 2 of our slowest cashiers used the 2 good ones.
Then she sent me home 2 hours into Black Friday because I "wasn't doing anything." Who pays in cash on BF?!? Only 3 people came to my register in those 2 hours. One of the 2 girls at the good registers kept telling me that I could have their register but the GM didn't allow it.
I put in a notice that I couldn't work a certain day 3 weeks before that night. Personal matters... a.k.a grandmothers funeral. The GM 'lost' my paper and told me I had to work. I tried to ask everyone I knew if they could take that day of work and that I'd take a day of theirs, like a trade. Nobody wanted to.
I "called in sick" on that day even though everyone knew I needed that night off.
I was fired the next day.